airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar

The 10 Best Public Art Installations and Sculptures in Singapore

The sculpture was modelled on the artist's infant son
The sculpture was modelled on the artist's infant son | © blue_quartz / Flickr
Singapore’s streets are renowned for being clean and green, but look around and you’ll notice how much art there is along the sidewalks and pavements. Here are Culture Trip’s 10 favourite public art installations and sculptures that you can discover around Singapore.

First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong

Art Museum, History Museum
Save Place
First Generation Singapore Sculpture by Chong Fah Cheong
The Singapore River was once the center of work and play for most Singaporeans | © William Cho / Flickr
Located on the banks of the Singapore River by the glitzy Fullerton Hotel, this bronze sculpture of joyful children leaping into the water is a slice of daily life from back in ‘the Little Red Dot’s’ early days. Sculpted in 2000 by esteemed Singaporean sculptor and Cultural Medallion award winner Chong Fah Cheong, it is one of four sculptures in a series known as People Along The River which are located nearby.
More Info
Sun - Sat:
12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity

The Merlion by Lim Nang Seng

Park
Save Place
The Merlion fountain, Singapore.
The Merlion fountain, Singapore | © Ivan Nesterov / Alamy Stock Photo
You might think this hybrid lion-fish creature an odd muse for artwork, but this symbol of Singapore is one of the most recognisable and popular tourist attractions in the city-state. The lion head stands for Singapore, known previously as Singapura or the Lion City, while the fishtail symbolises the country’s humble beginnings as a fishing village. There are actually seven Merlion statues in Singapore, but this eight-metre tall version at the Merlion Park near One Fullerton is the most famous, and is constantly photographed spouting water into Marina Bay. This Merlion statue was unveiled in 1972 and faces east for optimal feng shui.
More Info

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Architectural Landmark, Touristy

Bird by Fernando Botero

Art Gallery
Save Place
Bird by Fernando Botero along the Singapore River
Singapore is not the only place in the world that is home to one of Fernando Botero's bird statues | © Jorge Láscar / Flickr
Most office workers have walked by this fat, rounded bronze bird statue at the open-air United Overseas Bank plaza since its inauguration in 1990 – but few know that it was sculpted by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Representing peace and optimism, the ‘fat bird’ (as it is known colloquially) is just one of several similar statues found around the world, including Botero’s hometown Medellin and at the airport in Florence, Italy.
More Info
Sun - Sat:
12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity

Planet by Marc Quinn

Park
Save Place
Planet by Marc Quinn in Singapore's Gardens by the Bay
The sculpture was modelled on the artist's infant son | © blue_quartz / Flickr
Planet by acclaimed British sculptor Marc Quinn is probably better known to locals as ‘that giant floating baby’ at The Meadow in Gardens by the Bay. This nine-metre-long, seven-tonne bronze sculpture is a depiction of Quinn’s own infant son Lucas. Created in 2008, it only found its permanent home in Singapore after it was donated to the Gardens in 2013. Planet is the largest of over 40 artworks that can be found around the gardens – so you’ll struggle to miss it.
More Info

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity

Kinetic Rain by Art+Com

Art Gallery
Save Place
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 Kinetic Rain
Kinetic Rain at Terminal 1 | © Changi Airport Group
Singapore’s Changi Airport consistently tops the list as one of the world’s best, and many head to Terminal 1 specifically to catch the mesmerising performance of the Kinetic Raindrops. Consisting of 1,216 bronze droplets suspended by individual strings from the departure hall ceiling, the raindrops dance in slow fluid movements to form various three-dimensional shapes above passing commuters. The sculpture has proven so popular that the airport commissioned German design company ART+COM for a new kinetic piece for Terminal 4 called ‘Petalclouds’.
More Info
Sun - Sat:
12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Instagrammable

Nutmeg and Mace by Kumari Nahappan

Art Gallery
Save Place
Singapore Nutmeg and Mace Ion Orchard
Nutmeg refers to the entire fruit while mace is the red layer covering the nutmeg seed | © May Wong / Flickr / Derivative from original
Look out for the giant two-tonne nutmeg seed sculpture prominently located in front of Ion Orchard, one of Singapore’s most luxurious shopping centres. The sculpture is a callback to the area’s history as an orchard and plantation, where nutmeg was one of the key crops that helped catapult Singapore’s economy. The bronze sculpture was created in 2009 by Singaporean artist Kumari Nahappan, who has several other local flora-inspired sculptures located around the city.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity

24 Hours in Singapore by Baet Yeok Kuan

History Museum
Save Place
Public Art Trust Baet Yeok Kuan 24 Hours in Singapore
The public art at the Asian Civilisations Museum | © National Arts Council
It looks like a giant alien dropped five metal marbles on the front lawn of the Asian Civilisations Museum, but step closer to these reflective spheres and you will find yourself immersed in a 24-hour soundscape of everyday Singaporean life: from the sounds of the MRT to the local wet market. This interactive audio sculpture was created in 2015 in commemoration of Singapore’s 50 years of independence by Singaporean artist Baet Yeok Kuan – who intended for this artwork to serve both as a time capsule and a fun interactive playground.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Touristy, Instagrammable

Mother and Child by Ng Eng Teng

Park
Save Place
Mother and Child Sculpture Ng Eng Teng Singapore
The first iteration of Mother and Child used to stand outside Far East Shopping Centre before moving to its current position | © Terence Ong / Wikicommons
Mother and Child actually consists of two abstract sculptures by the late Dr Ng Eng Teng, a prominent Singaporean sculptor and esteemed Cultural Medallion winner, whose work deals with humanist themes presented with a whimsical flair. The first work (created in 1980) stands along Tanglin Road in front of the Orchard Parade Hotel, while the second work (created in 1996) is currently on display in Tampines Central Park. The latter has since been acquired by Singapore’s National Collection of visual art and will move to the National Gallery in 2019.
More Info

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity

Rain Oculus by Ned Kahn

Shopping Mall
Save Place
Singapore Marina Bay Sands Rain Oculus Ned Kahn
When the water flows in Rain Oculus, it pours down into the Marina Bay Sands' Shoppes like a gushing waterfall | © Cmglee / Wikicommons
Walk along the waterfront promenade of the Marina Bay Sands and you’ll see a 22-metre-wide vortex of water swirling right in the middle of the sidewalk. Known as the Rain Oculus, this work was created as both a skylight and rain collector. Water flows at 6,000 gallons per minute and looks like a waterfall when viewed from the basement levels of the shopping complex. It was created by American artist Ned Kahn in collaboration with the architect of the Marina Bay Sands himself, Moshe Safdie.
More Info
Sun:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Instagrammable

All the Essentially Essential by Tan Wee Lit

Art Gallery
Save Place
All the Essentially Essential, Tan Wee Lit, Singapore
Unlike most artworks, you are invited to step into this one and interact with it | © City Developments Limited
Created in 2013 by Singaporean artist Tan Wee Lit, this fun interactive piece is his commentary on the life of the average Singaporean aspiring towards finding work-life balance. Located right in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District at One Raffles Place, this stainless steel sculpture looks like a giant toy kit consisting of various items representing the essential items needed, like a computer and briefcase for work, and a gym bag and pet dog for play. The art piece deliberately leaves room for the audience to create the most essential component – the actual person – by leaving a space where people can insert themselves into the artwork.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity